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AP plans to extend Arogya Sri insurance scheme to all

Our Bureau Visakhapatnam | Updated on March 24, 2013 Published on March 24, 2013




The State Government is thinking of bringing every one in the State under the Arogya Sri health insurance programme so that diseases that need expensive treatment for long periods do not become a burden on people, Minister for Health K. Muralimohana Rao said.

He was speaking here on Sunday after laying the foundation stone for the Rs 78-crore oncology and surgery super speciality building on the premises of King George Hospital.

The public sector units are contributing funds to the oncology building.

The Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, ONGC, GAIL, and BHEL will each contribute Rs 15 crore and NTPC, HPCL and Visakhapatnam Port Trust Rs 5 crore apiece, in addition to NMDC's contribution of Rs 3 crore.

Funds

These funds will be released over a five-year period by companies as a part of their CSR activities.

The Minister said the Government was giving a lot of thrust on medical and healthcare and after allotting Rs 1,400 crore to Arogya Sri, it would spend Rs 1,620 crore more on the programme.

The 108 services had been stabilised, and 104 service was provided with a doctor for each vehicle and Rs 40,000 for equipment.

Special programmes were being taken for the health of women and children, he said.

New facility

The new facility at the KGH would help Andhra Medical College to increase the intake for first year MBBS course from the present 200 seats to 250 seats every year, he said.

He thanked Rajya Sabha Member T. Subbarami Reddy for mobilising funds from the PSUs for the super speciality building under their CSR activity.

Regarding making the first phase of Visakha Institute of Medical Sciences functional, Muralimohan said plans were being made to start OP at the hospital.

Subbarami Reddy said that though not all of the PSUs had their presence here, they agreed to allocate funds for the super- speciality building after he approached them for help.

Minister for Investments and Infrastructure G. Srinivasa Rao said the Government had allocated Rs 6,500 crore for medical and healthcare in the annual budget.

Representatives of some of the PSUs that donated CSR funds to the building were present on the occasion: Director (Personnel) of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant Y.R. Reddy; GM of NTPC Balaji Iyengar; ED of BHEL Chandrapa; GM in-charge of HPCL GVR Narasimham and GM of GAIL Satyanarayana.

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Published on March 24, 2013

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